Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a beautiful day outside with your kids! Check out all of these outdoor activities in your area and see what peaks your interest, then click on the category heading and you will be taken to a full list of local options. We have all the details about locations! Many have photographs and more information to help you decide where to go and what your kids will be interested in depending on their age and interests.

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Do you have an idea for a topic that hasn’t been covered or a spot that you’ve been enjoying? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for other resources, visit our Resources for Families page, buy half-price tickets to great local attractions and shows on our Half-Price Ticket page, and peruse our Indoor Activities page.

Summer Fun at Abbey Farms in Aurora
Abbey Farms brings good old-fashioned farm fun to the west suburbs! We stopped by to enjoy a picnic, climb on tractors, and explore.

The Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden is Open
The Children's Garden at The Morton Arboretum just opened, as well as the Ginko Restaurant! Advanced, timed tickets are required.

New Playground! Lester Community Park in Downers Grove

Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago and the Suburbs
Apple picking near Chicago with u-pick dates, hours, attractions, admissions and fees, along with an interactive map for easy navigating!

2020 Tips for Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville
Get the inside scoop on the rides, changes made for 2020, discounts, and tips for your day at Raging Waves!

What to Do at Mallard Lake in Hanover Park
Mallard Lake provides families fresh air, sunshine, and beautiful views! Mallard Lake offers boating, fishing, and hiking trails.

A Drive-Thru Dinosaur Adventure is Coming to the DuPage County Fairgrounds
Dinosaur Adventure brings 80 life-size model dinosaurs, including a roaring 40-foot-tall T-Rex, to Wheaton for two weekends in August.

How to Get Free Tickets to Walmart Drive-in Movies

What You Will Find at St. James Farm in Warrenville
Race beneath passages made of trees, check out antique horse buggies, spot sculptures and fountains, and more at this historic retreat.

Ninja Warrior Course and More at Meineke Park in Schaumburg
Meineke Park in Schuamburg the coolest ninja warrior course, 40 yard dash, basketball courts, tennis courts, and playground!

Fun in the Sun at Schaumburg’s Sculpture Park
Schaumburg's Scupture Park is a great walking path and art exhibit for families to enjoy the outdoors, stay active, and enjoy the art.

Horseback Riding for Kids
These farms offering horseback riding classes will deepen your child's love of horses while spending a beautiful summer day outside.